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Making 100 new-to-me recipes in 2012 was one of the best things I have ever done for myself! Experimenting with new foods, new combinations, new tools, and discovering magazines, books, and websites was challenging without being intimidating. Thanks to my challenge I now feel braver and more confident both in the kitchen and outside the kitchen. I want to share with you some of my favorite dishes from the year.

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Chocolate fudge cookies — crunchy on the outside, chewy on the inside…

Coconut shrimp with haricots verts/fingerlings and pesto

Coconut shrimp with haricots verts/fingerlings and pesto

Chicken legs with leeks and peas

Chicken legs with leeks and peas

Skillet cauliflower gratin

Skillet cauliflower gratin

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Peanut butter brownie bites! So rich and fudgy you really could only eat a bite!

195Birthday cake recipe I invented and combined… chocolate cake, chocolate mousse filling and ganache frosting…. decorated with Moon and Stars of Love.

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Caught my first fish ever in Lake Michigan! This later became a delectable dish called Profanity Salmon.

A few of the tastiest things I made, I did not photograph! My bad! I must do better with my food photography this year. Italian Sausage and Kale Soup was a huge winner — ended up making it four times. The blueberry cupcakes with cream cheese, maple and sea salt frosting were an unexpected delight — tasted like breakfast AND dessert. I was able to perfect Fettucine Alfredo with a heavy, creamy sauce that to me is the ultimate in comfort food. Homemade mayonnaise was a DOH! Why haven’t I done this before? Looking through the list of the food memories of 2012, I could go on and on! I loved almost every single thing I made.

My absolute hands-down, forks-up favorite of all year, though, has to be the three-layer coconut cake baked just last week. This melt-in-your mouth marvel uses Coco Lopez (one of the essential ingredients found in a Pina Colada) in the batter, and marries perfectly with a cream cheese frosting smothered in shredded coconut. Seriously, I ate a slice of this cake every single day I had it around.

Coconut Cake

Coconut Cake

No, I won’t be trying 100 recipes as a goal in 2013, although I do plan to continue recording — and photographing — everything I make, and discovering more and more.  Food is a great conversation-starter, a great icebreaker, and something that helps bond people.  You can never go wrong sharing food, discussing food, or discovering food!

Be fearless! Have fun! Enjoy it all.

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